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Laura D. Hodge
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LAURA HODGE. Laura Hodge is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Michel Nicrosi
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Michel Nicrosi is a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Jones Walker in Mobile, Alabama. Her practice focuses on preventive and litigation services for businesses and individuals in corporate and white collar criminal matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Nicrosi served as a federal prosecutor for more than 16 years. After graduating law school, she joined the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She was appointed to the DOJ under the Attorney General's Honor Program. In 1995, Ms. Nicrosi transferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama, and served as Chief of the Criminal Division from 1997-2001. She has been elected President of the Board of Directors for the Alabama Post Conviction Relief Project, and has served as a former member and district Vice President for the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Ms. Nicrosi received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Joyce White Vance
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United States Attorney Joyce White Vance is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Alabama. She was one of the first five U.S. Attorneys nominated by President Barack Obama. Vance was confirmed by the Senate on August 7, 2009. The District she serves includes 31 counties and almost three million people, approximately 60% of Alabama’s population. Vance oversees a staff of 105 employees, including 51 attorneys and 58 non-attorney support personnel, with offices in Birmingham and Huntsville.

As U.S. Attorney, Vance directs the prosecution of federal crimes, the defense of the United States in civil cases, and the collection of debts owed to the United States.

Ms. Vance's priorities for the District include terrorism and national security, financial fraud and public corruption, violent crime, and protecting vulnerable members of the community in areas including child exploitation and civil rights.

The Office continues to aggressively pursue returning funds to the public through asset forfeiture, criminal restitution and fines, and other financial litigation. Those collections, during Vance's tenure to date, have exceeded the Office's budget.

Vance was appointed to a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in December of 2009, where she helped to craft Justice Department policy. She co-chairs the AGAC’s Criminal Practice Subcommittee and serves on the Management and Budget, Civil Rights, and Environmental Law Subcommittees.

Vance started in the U.S. Attorney’s office in July of 1991 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Criminal Division. She served as trial counsel in cases involving civil rights violations, drug trafficking, financial fraud, and violent crime. In 2001, she moved to the Office’s Appellate Division. She became the Chief of that Division in 2004, supervising the Office’s criminal and civil appellate work and arguing frequently before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Before coming to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vance was a civil litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama.

Vance is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is married to Alabama Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance, Jr. They have four children.

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Elizabeth Walker
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Major Elizabeth Walker serves as a Special Victim Prosecutor in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where her practice focuses exclusively as a prosecutor of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child physical abuse cases. Over the course of her career in the JAG Corp she has worked as a Government Appellate Attorney, Officer-in-Charge and Trial Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel, and an Administrative Law Attorney and Ethics Counselor. Prior to entering military service Major Walker was in private practice in Massachusetts at a boutique law firm. Major Walker received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and her LL.M from The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.